Offered by Franck Baptiste Provence
French Regional and Parisian furniture
Beautiful flat desk in solid mahogany and mahogany veneer opening with three drawers in front and two side pulls.
The lower belt decorated with a bronze mold.
Rare base with cut sides with eight facets finished with bronze caps.
Beautiful original ornamentation of finely chiseled bronzes gilded with mercury, including keyholes in escutcheons crisscrossed with branches and topped with ears of wheat.
Oak drawer interiors.
Perfect condition, original lock and keys, French polish.
Beautiful quality of mahogany with very tight grains.
Parisian work from the Louis XVI period around 1790.
Width: 150cm; Depth: 75cm; Height: 74cm
Our opinion :
The desk that we present is typical of the last productions made in Paris at the end of the reign of Louis XVI.
If the sobriety of our desk remains characteristic of this style, the eye of the collector will be able to detect precious elements, such as the choice of wood, the rare octagonal base, the low mold or the keyholes which demonstrate that it is is undeniably a luxury production from a large Parisian workshop.
If the absence of a stamp, which is consistent with post-revolutionary productions, does not allow us to attribute it with certainty, we can however put forward the name of Bernard Molitor, who will use this model of keyhole in a way recurring.
This type of entrance can be seen in particular on Louis XVI chests of drawers from the same period, one of which recently went on public sale. (Sotheby's Paris April 27, 2017, lot 248)
6 500 €